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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

#5 of 438 things to do in San Diego Features Animals
12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beach trail” (158 reviews)
“great hike” (99 reviews)
“razor point” (74 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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Reviewed 2 days ago

One way to enter Torrey Pines State NMatural Reserve is to walk in via the beach. Instead of driving or walking up the fairly steep hill, you can stroll along the flat beach going past the entry kiosk and then climbing up stairs near the...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 2 days ago

Torrey Pines is a wonderful outdoor resource, located a short drive north of downtown, and so easily accessible to most San Diegans, as well as visitors. A network of trails provides easy to moderate hiking opportunities. One trail leads down to the beach below. Gorgeous...More

Thank Cary L
Reviewed 4 days ago

I spent about four hours hiking through the trails. It was a fantastic experience, although I wish I had brought my swimming suit for the beach. At the end of the trail there is a fantastic beach with a lot of tidal pools where you...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Sunset evening hike was nice as was the ocean at the base. Lots of people doing various activities, not just hiking. Traffic nor parking seemed to be an issue. Not what I expected to find along the coast, but glad it is preserved and well...More

1  Thank 1010Reggie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Take the entire day and hike to the cliffs to see all of the area the park has to offer. Everything is wonderful and when you have hiked them all, go to the beach trail and go down to the beach for the 2 mile...More

Thank Tony A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The hike down to Black's Beach (located at the Glider-port) has a beautiful view of the ocean/La Jolla. Watch your step (it's a little steep); however, don't let that deter you from dipping your toes in the sand! The hike back up is definitely a...More

Thank Hannah Elisabet... D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been in the park many times in the past and didn't realize these were such rare trees. The views of the ocean from the cliff tops with the cooling on shore breeze is nice. The park road to the top was crawling with...More

Thank Brad4242
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend took me here when I first moved to San Diego. It became my favorite place to take anyone who visited us. In 2006, I decided I wanted to know more about this magical place, and I became a Docent. Now, I can really...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove up to the Torrey Pines forest area and then the road continued down to the beach area. We did not have time to go to the beach (the kids needed naps!) but the drive was beautiful with several scenic overlooks to stop and...More

Thank Ericka E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Torrey Pines for the hiking and views. We took our infant son and the weather and views were amazing. This park is huge and well tended, very lovely place.

Thank Holly M
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Sally P | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can Uber there. They will drop you off at the front gate to the park and you will not pay for parking to be dropped off. No problem to be picked you by Uber etc. It is a State Park and all locals know where it is... More
Tom K
25 March 2017|
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Response from Sidney W | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a place before the entry where you can be dropped off without the driver having to pay the parking fee. It doesn't add to the walking.
Shilpa C
7 March 2017|
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Response from Abeonaadiona | Reviewed this property |
You'll need a car, taxi or uber to get there, but the rest will be hiking. It's beautiful.